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Michigan Receives First-Ever C-Change Award

added 5/31/06

C-Change awardAnn Arbor - On May 20, 2006, the Michigan Cancer Consortium (MCC) received the first-ever Comprehensive Cancer Control Implementation Award from C-Change, a national organization comprised of hundreds of cancer prevention leaders across the country. President George H.W. Bush, C-Change's Chair, presented the MCC with this award during C-Change's 2006 Semi-Annual Meeting in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Max Wicha, Director of the University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center and Immediate Past Co-Chair of the MCC, accepted the award on behalf of the MCC along with Patty Brookover, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Director, from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

“Michigan is one state that is a leader in cancer control, and the Consortium really has put Michigan on the map as a national leader among states,” said Janet Olszewski, Director the Michigan Department of Community Health. “The MCC has been recognized as a national model by both the American Cancer Society as well as by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” The MCC is staffed and supported by the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Public Health Institute.

Comprehensive Cancer Control is a collaborative process through which a community and its partners pool resources to promote cancer prevention, improve cancer detection, increase access to health and social services, and reduce the burden of cancer.

“Michigan competed against many other states, who also are implementing comprehensive cancer programs, for this award,” Wicha said. “It is a great honor for Michigan to be acknowledged for our exemplary cancer control efforts.”

The MCC is an organization of public, private, and voluntary organizations working together to conquer cancer. Approximately 85 organizations from across the state are members of the MCC. MCC member and key partner organizations are:

  • Looking for new ways to make a difference and significantly reduce the cancer burden in our state.
  • Taking steps to improve the quality of cancer care that Michigan residents receive.
  • Focusing on their current cancer control activities and exploring ways to enhance these efforts.
  • Learning what other organizations are doing and looking for new ways to work together to address the 10 MCC Priorities.
Dr. Wicha and fmr Pres George H.W. Bush
Max Wicha, M.D., Medical Director, U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center (left)
Former President George H. W. Bush (right)

The MCC developed its Comprehensive Cancer Control plan in 1998, and as a result of implementation efforts by our partner organizations, progress has been made in addressing the cancer burden in Michigan,” said Vicki Rakowski, Vice President for Cancer Control of the American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division, Inc. and Co-Chair of the MCC. “Evidence of our progress includes an increase in early stage diagnosis of breast, cervical and colorectal cancers and an associated reduction in mortality.”

C-Change is an organization comprised of 150 cancer leaders from this nation’s government, business, and nonprofit sectors. These cancer leaders share the vision of a future where cancer is prevented, detected early, and cured or is managed successfully as a chronic illness.

C-Change is both a forum and a catalyst for identifying issues and major challenges facing the cancer community and for initiating collaborative actions to complement the efforts of individual C-Change Members. Former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush are Co-chairs of C-Change; Senator Dianne Feinstein serves as Vice Chair.

Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in both the United States and in Michigan. In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates that in Michigan during 2006, 48,250 new cancer cases will be diagnosed and 19,470 people will die of this disease. The MCC, with its partner organizations, addresses key cancer control issues so as to reduce the human and economic impact of cancer in Michigan.

Included with the MCC’s nomination for the C-Change award was a video about the Consortium. This video tells the MCC story - as told by representatives of MCC member organizations and friends. It provides an overview of the Consortium and highlights activities MCC members are undertaking to control cancer in Michigan. To view this video online, please visit www.michigancancer.org.

To review the MCC’s award winning application, please visit www.c-changetogether.org. For more information about the MCC, please visit their website at www.michigancancer.org.


CONTACT: T.J. Bucholz; 517-241-2112

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